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Oklahomans Among Finalists for FFA American Star Awards

Wed, 01 Aug 2012 10:08:16 CDT

Oklahomans Among Finalists for FFA American Star Awards

Two Oklahomans are among the 16 finalists (four per award) selected by the National FFA Organization for the organizationís top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. These star awards recognize students who have developed outstanding agricultural skill and competency through their career development programs, demonstrated outstanding management skills, earned the American FFA Degree-the organizationís highest level of accomplishment-and met other agricultural education, scholarship and leadership requirements.

Jeremy Weichel of Cordell has been nominated as a Star Farmer, and Taylor Runyan of Atoka has been nominated as a Star in Agroscience.

Each star finalist receives $2,000 from the National FFA Foundation and earns the opportunity to participate in an international experience tour to Costa Rica. A panel of judges will interview the finalists and select one winner for each award at the 85th National FFA Convention, October 24-27, in Indianapolis, In. Winners will receive an additional $2,000 award.

The American FFA Degree recognition programs and tours to Costa Rica are co-sponsored by Alltech, Inc. of Nicholasville, KY; Case IH of Racine, WI, Farm Credit of Greenwood Village, CO; Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business of Des Moines, IA; and Syngenta of Greensboro, NC, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Star Farmer
Clayton N. Carley - Cissna Park FFA - Illinois
Andrew Kenneth Edson - Nashua-Plainfield FFA, Iowa
Alexander L. Richardson - Meade County FFA, Kentucky
Jeremy Weichel - Cordell FFA, Oklahoma

Star in Agribusiness
Bradley Robert Weaver - Dawson County FFA, Georgia
Zachary Cotton - Spencer County FFA, Kentucky
Austin Crissman - Bells FFA, Texas
Jacob Paul - Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA, Wisconsin

Star in Agricultural Placement
Kurt Parsons - Porterville FFA, California
Justin Cochran - Franklin County FFA, Georgia
Matthew Marcellus - West Holt FFA, Nebraska
Cody Jackson Walker - Warren County FFA, Tennessee

Star in Agriscience
Kaylyn Stout - Lowndes County FFA, Georgia
Kayleigh Warner - DeKalb Central FFA, Indiana
Rachael Claire Arkfeld - Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca FFA, Nebraska
Taylor Runyan - Atoka FFA, Oklahoma



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